Amazon and the AFL have joined teams once again to produce another sport documentary, with the upcoming series – Warriors On The Field – celebrating Indigenous culture and its long history and connection with Australian football.

Produced by the Australian Football League, EQ Media and Amazon Studios, this one-hour documentary will premiere exclusively on Prime Video on July 8 in Australia and over 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The documentary takes a deep and focused look at three Indigenous AFL players – Michael O’Loughlin, Michael Walters and Tarryn Thomas – and their stories as elite athletes, while navigating racism in Australia.

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Presented by the Sydney champion O’Loughlin, – a Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Narungga man – viewers gain further insight into the lives of the premiership star as well as North Melbourne’s Thomas – a Kamillaroi and Lumaranaana man originally from Sydney – and Fremantle’s Walters – a proud Noongar man.

Head of Prime Video Australia and New Zealand Hushidar Kharas says the company is overjoyed at the opportunity of being able to portray Aboriginal AFL players and their unique stories.

“Prime Video is proud to showcase first-hand the three Indigenous AFL players extraordinary backgrounds, the challenges they endure day-to-day, both on the field and off, and their spiritual connection to culture and country that means so very much to each of them,” Kharas said.

“Highlighting the important contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander footballers have made to Australian sport is very important to us, and we are privileged that Michael, Sonny and Tarryn agreed to share their stories for Prime Video members worldwide.”

Warriors On The Field begins with the childhood journey of the 303-gamer (O’Loughlin) and how football changed his life and those around him.

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“Football has the power to unite us, teach us, and ultimately to shape us,” O’Loughlin said.

“I believe this documentary shows the positive impact the sport has had on my life and the lives of many before me.  We must listen and learn from our past and present day First Nations players who are best placed on these issues in our sport and society. We have a long way to go in this country, but we must continue to persevere and educate.”

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Initially visualised by AFL Executive General Manager Inclusion and Social Policy, Tanya Hosch, who believes it’s important to continue to showcase and celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Australian Football.

“It’s fantastic to have the Warriors On The Field documentary come to life with the support of both the AFL and Prime Video and provide a means for First Nations players to share their stories and the importance of country and identity and I am extremely grateful to the players and their families for opening themselves up to share more of their lives and cultures with us,” Ms. Hosch said.

“Our game has a rich history with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, so I’m looking forward to enabling others to share in this understanding and insight through the Warriors On The Field documentary.”

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